Morning Read: Charmingly Informal and Maddeningly Vague

Cathie Black has been calling supporters and detractors. Those on the receiving end of the calls have variously described the conversations as charmingly informal and maddeningly vague.

Oprah is on board.

In his letter to David Steiner, Mayor Bloomberg described Black as “a visionary.”

Where does Charlie Rangel go from here?

The nearly-completed deal between Gov. Paterson and a Wisconsin-based Indian tribe for a casino in Sullivan County faces tough odds of being approved by the federal government and likely legal challenges from other Indian tribes that could keep it in limbo for years.

Andrew Cuomo hasn’t revealed how he is going to close the yawning state budget gap.

Major transit problems await him as well.

The DN says that Chuck Schumer is the only one who can save the 9/11 Health Bill.

Schumer and Gillibrand don’t like the idea of an earmark ban.

The White House is agonizing over the possibility of a Bloomberg presidential run.

Andrew Cuomo’s sister is trying to put a homeless shelter in Greenpoint.

Jerry Nadler is a kingmaker.

Jay Walder doesn’t like the idea of extending the 7 train into New Jersey.

Rep. Charles Rangel’s landlord provided him and other prominent Harlemites with below-market rental apartments as part of an insider “friends and family incentives” program to boost the image of the housing complex, according to a memo released as part of the congressman’s ethics trial.

The first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court was acquitted of all but one of more than 280 charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 terrorist bombings of the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to order thousands of layoffs today.

There will be a special legislative session to disburse $700 million in education aid and cut state spending elsewhere.




Morning Read: Charmingly Informal and Maddeningly Vague